Synthetic marijuana and acute kidney injury: an unforeseen association

Clin Kidney J. 2013 Jun;6(3):330-3. doi: 10.1093/ckj/sft047.


Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) have emerged as drugs of abuse with increasing popularity among young adults. The potential renal complication related to the abuse of SC was not recognized until recently. Here, we present a case of severe acute kidney injury (AKI) that developed after inhalation of SC in an otherwise healthy young patient. A kidney biopsy revealed severe acute tubular necrosis, and supportive management resulted in the recovery of the kidney function. Herein, we briefly summarize the only two previous reports (a total of 21 cases) on the association between SC abuse and renal dysfunction and identify the common aspects in all observations.

Keywords: acute kidney injury; cannabinoids; cannabis; synthetic marijuana.